RESEARCH DEGREES

Advance your unstoppable career with a research degree

At UniSA you will undertake a research degree at a university where 100% of our research is rated at or above world-class*, with expert supervisors and state-of-the-art facilities.

Our research degree students partner with industry and end-users of research, developing skills for research excellence with career relevance.

Apply for one of our many research degree projects or develop your own project, and you will create new knowledge, become an expert in your field, and make a tangible difference.

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If you’re interested in studying a research degree at UniSA, browse some of our currently available research projects. If you don’t see a project that interests you, please fill in our Expression of Interest form and you will be notified when new projects become available or reach out to us to discuss how to develop your own project.

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    Aboriginal studies

    Browse our available projects below, if you don't see the project you're looking, you can fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us to develop your own project.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history

    • Blackbirding and Cross-Cultural Ties
      Scholarship Available Dr Jessica White Closing 05 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)

      About this project

      Applications will only be considered from Australian Aboriginal and South Sea Islander Peoples for this position, under special measures pursuant to Section 56 of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1984 (SA). You will be required to provide evidence of your Aboriginal and/or South Sea Islander heritage in your application.

      Project Description

      This research-based, creative writing project will focus on ‘Blackbirding’, the indentured labour system in place in Australia briefly in 1847, and more extensively between 1863 and 1904. This was a time when 62,000 people mainly from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands (then known as Kanakas) were taken to Queensland. While extensive research has been undertaken on the practice itself, little is known about the relationships and connections forged between South Sea Islanders and Australian First Nations Peoples. Specifically, some Vanuatu people are descended from Australian First Nations women, or children who accompanied South Sea Islander labourers at the conclusion of their contracts.

      This project seeks to illuminate the history of blackbirding and the connections it created between Australian First Nations Peoples and the Pacific Islands, and to raise public awareness in Australia and neighbouring Pacific Islands of the historical and contemporary impact of blackbirding.

      What you’ll do

      The successful applicant will focus on First Nations’ storytelling, particularly the relationships between Australian First Nations Peoples and South Sea Islanders. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will collaborate with First Nations communities through their research. While the project will largely take place on an individual level, community engagement will be critical to its formation, production and dissemination. The successful applicant will generate new research and a creative artefact relating to the cross-cultural connections between First Nations Peoples and South Sea Islanders in the context of blackbirding.

      Upon completion of the project, the successful applicant will have created a work of publishable standard. They will have the capacity to undertake independent research, to engage with creative writing methodologies, and to create (if not already present) a track record of creative and critical publications. They will also have an understanding of the Australian literary industry and how to position themselves and their work within it.

      The successful candidate will be supported by a supervisory team that has expertise in creative writing and First Nations research and storytelling. The principal supervisor is a leading practitioner of fiction and creative non-fiction, while the associate supervisors have extensive knowledge of First Nations storytelling and creative writing methodologies. Each of the supervisors have connections to industry.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA Creative, a research environment that includes researchers across the spectrum of creative arts, from visual arts to architecture. The rich and diverse approaches to understanding and exploring the role of creative practice in contemporary experience is shared across the graduate research cohort.

      The candidate will have the opportunity to travel and to engage with communities relevant to their research. They will be part of a cohort of researchers in a field of practice-based research, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers via workshops and co-authorship of papers.

      Some travel may be required to the Pacific Islands and Queensland, restrictions permitting.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $35,000 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

      Eligibility and Selection

      Pursuant to Section 56 part 2 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (as amended) (SA) applications are invited from Australian Aboriginal peoples and/or those who identify as an Australian South Sea Islander who is a direct descendant of the South Sea Islanders brought into Queensland between 1863 and 1904 as indentured labourers. Australian Aboriginal Peoples will be required to provide evidence of their community connection in the application. South Sea Islander Peoples should seek a letter of support from a registered Australian South Sea Islander organisation verifying their Australian South Sea Islander heritage).

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or South Sea Islander person and possess a demonstrated understanding of the issues impacting on the provision of services to, and workforce considerations for, Aboriginal and/or South Sea Islander communities.
      • Applicants should submit a full research proposal (approximately 2500 words) that has been developed in consultation with the proposed lead supervisor. A template to help guide this application is available here.
      • Applicants should provide a sample of the creative writing, and where possible, also their critical writing (approximately 5000 words).
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to be based at our Magill Campus in the east of Adelaide.  Whilst a full-time candidate is ideally sought, part-time candidature will be considered.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Sunday 5 June 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Jessica White
    • Sites of shame, colonial violence: towards healing?
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Deirdre Tedmanson Closing 05 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this project

      Pursuant to Section 56 part 2 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (as amended) (SA) applications are invited from Australian Aboriginal peoples only.

      Project Description

      This PhD project entitled:' Sites of shame, colonial violence: towards healing?' will use a critical theory/ decolonial framing of the violence and trauma perpetrated by the colonial project: and consider how and what might constitute ‘sites of healing’ – by, where and for whom? Qualitative participatory action research methodologies are preferred along with storytelling/storying narratives incorporating art/arts, history, law based participatory research processes including visual, oral, or other narrative methods. Aims are:

      • to work collaboratively with Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal stakeholders to explore sites of shame and trauma and which approaches open possibilities for healing
      • to facilitate a participatory, action research and/or art- based approaches as part of a collective journey, if supported by stakeholders to do so
      • to document insights into processes of engagement and consultation that enable communities to collaboratively embark on commemoration projects, if and how they may choose to do so
      • to provide a critical decolonial reflection on the processes involved in, and the impact of, approaches which seek to ‘rearrange the furniture of the heart’
      • to produce new understandings of the role of commemoration in the politics of place and the creation of new opportunities for dialogue
      Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars have studied sites of shame and violence such as site of Myall Massacre in NSW; Waterloo Bay massacre in SA and many others for their role in inter-generational trauma. The ‘Weeping Mother and Child’ memorial at site of former Colebrook home is part of a story of positive healing journey. However, there's been no healing in relation to the Kumarangk / Hindmarsh Island case.  Using a decolonial framing and privileging Aboriginal knowledges and experience, this project will explore the role of commemoration and site-making in creating contexts for more healing outcomes.

      This project will sit alongside another project focused on 'Blackbirding' in Australia as part of a collaboration between UniSA Justice & Society and UniSA Creative. Since its inception, UniSA has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal engagement through its founding act and through initiatives such as the Aboriginal Taskforce, Australia’s first Aboriginal Tertiary Program, and Aboriginal Studies programs. UniSA was the first university in South Australia to have a Reconciliation Action (RAP), a guiding document to advance reconciliation across the organisation. This project contributes to UniSA’s commitment to Aboriginal engagement and will further its Stretch RAP commitment to working with Aboriginal people as documented in the recently released Yurirka: Proppa Engagement with Aboriginal Peoples to improve engagement with First Nations, and to redress past injustices; to decolonise. The research environment will provide the opportunity for the two projects and their supervisors and PhD candidates to work together closely with strong oversight and support through the office of Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy in a unique Aboriginal-centred collaboration.

      What you’ll do

      The applicant will generate new research and participatory collaborations with Aboriginal communities and organisations in the site/s they focus on. The project will build on community engagement and this participatory collaboration will be critical to its formation, production, and dissemination. Focusing on Aboriginal knowledges, histories and experience the project will generate options for commemoration and storytelling.  The applicant will formulate the outputs which may be written or oral or art/arts based in nature, along with a critical analysis of approaches to sites of shame as potential sites for healing. Some travel may be required depending on the location of site/sites and Aboriginal groups the applicant engages with.

      Upon completion of the project, the applicant will have generated a work of publishable standard or equivalent art/arts-based artifact of importance to the site and Aboriginal stakeholders involved.  The applicant will have the capacity to undertake independent research, to engage with qualitative, participatory and/or art/arts based/narrative methodologies, and to build a track record of critical or creative publications. They will also have an understanding of decolonial theory, Australian place-based politics or history and the ability to work with Aboriginal and other stakeholders in a collaborative manner.

      The candidate will be supported by a supervisory team that has expertise in decolonial theory, First Nations research, qualitative and participatory research methodologies as well as creative forms of storytelling. The principal supervisor contact is the Dean of Programs for UniSA Justice & Society which spans research and programs in law, Aboriginal studies, social work, social science and psychology, and arts, who is an experienced PhD supervisor with many years of experience in participatory research with Aboriginal communities, and experience and knowledge of decolonial policy and practice important to the project. The Co-supervisors bring a combination of extensive experience and knowledge in Aboriginal policy and engagement, participatory research methodologies, decolonial theory, with award-winning backgrounds in First Nations storytelling and creative writing methodologies. Additional Aboriginal scholars are soon to join the supervisor panel which will be consistently Aboriginal led and informed. Each of the supervisors have connections to industry.

      The candidate will have the opportunity to travel and to engage with communities relevant to their research. They will be part of a cohort of Aboriginal researchers involved in community engaged work and will have opportunities to collaborate with their peers via workshops and co-authorship of papers.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $35,000 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

      Eligibility and Selection

      Applications will only be considered from Australian Aboriginal Peoples for this position, under special measures pursuant to Section 56 of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1984. You will be required to provide evidence of your Aboriginal heritage in your application.

      Eligibility Criteria

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal person and possess a demonstrated understanding of the issues impacting on the provision of services to, and workforce considerations for, Aboriginal communities.
      • Applicants should submit a full research proposal (approximately 2,500 words) that has been developed in consultation with the proposed lead supervisor. A template to guide this application is available here.
      • Applicants should provide a sample of their critical writing, and where appropriate also their creative writing (approximately 500 words).
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      While a full-time candidate is ideally sought, part-time candidature is also possible. Where feasible, the candidate is expected to be based in Adelaide, South Australia.

      Essential Dates

      For all projects: Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Sunday 5 June 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Deirdre Tedmanson

    Pacific Peoples health and wellbeing

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Agricultural and veterinary sciences

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    Develop your own project 

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    Biological Sciences

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    Biochemistry and cell biology

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Ecology

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Develop your own project 

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    Biomedical and clinical sciences

    Browse our available projects below, if you don't see the project you're looking, you can fill out our expression of interest form to be notified of new projects or contact us to develop your own project.

    Clinical Sciences

    • Improving genetic prediction of ovarian cancer risk
      Scholarship Available Professor Elina Hypponen-Hedger Closing 17 June 2022 12:00 AM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Find new ways to predict and prevent ovarian cancer

      If you are seeking to advance your career in genetics and cancer research, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exceptional project-based PhD aimed at predicting and preventing ovarian cancer, based in our Australian Centre for Precision Health.

      This research project will be closely linked with a prestigious Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) project aiming to find new ways to predict and prevent ovarian cancer. This is an international undertaking conducted in close collaboration with leading clinicians and consumer advisors, in addition to a multidisciplinary research team including experts in epidemiology, statistics, statistical genetics and machine learning. 

      In this PhD project you will be trained and gain experience in the use of several epidemiological and statistician genetics approaches, with an opportunity to use large scale data and to be supervised by leading topic experts. 

      You will join a vibrant research culture and be under the primary supervision of world renowned researcher Professor Elina Hypponen, Director of the Australian Centre for Precision Health, and be located together with colleagues in the Australian Centre for Precision Health in the SAHMRI building in Adelaide’s BioMed City. You will also become a member of the Nutritional and Genetic Epidemiology group in UniSA’s Clinical and Health Sciences Unit, which has strong expertise in big data, epidemiologic and genetic analytics and extensive collaborative links nationally and internationally.

      You will benefit from excellent training opportunities provided by the University of South Australia, and be supported by membership in student peer groups within SAHMRI and the Unit.

      This is a significant research degree project that can result in meaningful outcomes by preventing ovarian cancer in women identified at risk.

      What you’ll do

      In this project-based PhD, you will undertake tasks such as statistical data analyses, genetic risk prediction modelling and data management. You will build strong research skills, including big data analytics, conducting literature searchers and research reporting. Under supervision, you will learn how to access and manipulate large-scale genetic and other health data, with the opportunity to establish yourself as a professional and pioneer in your chosen field.

      In this collaborative project, you will engage directly with a consumer advisor, gaining skills for real world implementation and relevance with respect to your research findings.

      You will have the opportunity to attend and present at conferences, with the University providing an annual allowance to support related activities.

      On completion of this project will have developed strong skills and a track record for large-scale research. This project is likely to lead to several strong publications, which will support subsequent employment opportunities within academia and industry.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Australian Centre for Precision Health. The research concentration brings together a multidisciplinary group of leading experts in genomics, population health and evidence translation all striving to prevent disease before it strikes, and to create the next generation of solutions for global health problems.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus ?in the heart of Adelaide.  

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Thursday, 16 June, 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Elina Hypponen-Hedger
    • Virtual reality for phantom limb pain
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Tasha Stanton Closing 22 May 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research Project: Virtual reality for phantom limb pain

      Help design an innovative new virtual reality program for people with phantom limb pain.

      Did you know you can experience pain in a limb that is missing? Following limb amputation, many people develop a phantom limb, or a feeling that the limb is still there. Unfortunately, up to 80% of people also experience phantom limb pain and, in some, this pain is debilitating. Phantom limb pain is notoriously difficult to treat. Brain-based treatments, such as mirror therapy, have shown promise in reducing pain but they have important limitations that reduce their clinical effectiveness. For instance, to help reduce pain, the dosage needs to be high - this is difficult because prolonged mirror therapy can be boring. Further, in people with lower limb amputations, mirror set-ups are difficult, meaning that the illusion is commonly broken resulting in reduced benefit. Lastly, if people have amputations of both limbs, mirror therapy is impossible.

      We need new and engaging treatments for phantom limb pain. Working with industry experts in virtual reality (Virtetic), this project aims to create and evaluate a new game-based virtual reality program for people with phantom limb pain. The outcome of this project will have real-life applicability for people with phantom limb pain by reducing both their pain levels and the degree to which pain interferes with their lives. Further, the findings of this project will create opportunities to expand this new virtual reality platform and roll-out to clinics across Australia.

      You will be based in Melbourne and will work with Virtetic and Alfred Services Amputee Clinic as part of this project. You will be located at Virtetic's office in the Melbourne Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of Melbourne, where you'll be working closely with the Virtetic team and will be co-located with multiple other health tech start-ups. You will also be able to join activities such as workshops, seminars, and discussions held by the Human-Robotics Lab at the University of Melbourne. You will have access to high-speed laptops, head mounted displays (virtual reality goggles), and various motion-based systems, including electromyography to measure muscle activity that can be integrated into virtual reality platforms. In addition, you will be an integral part of the BodyinMind research group at UniSA in Adelaide where you will have regular online contact with ~20 other PhD and Masters students.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a one year living allowance scholarship of $28,854 is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A second year of living allowance scholarship is possible but not guaranteed. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research.

      Additionally, applicants must meet the project selection criteria:
      • Be located in Melbourne (or be willing to relocate)
      • Have a clinical background (e.g. undergraduate degree or masters degree in physiotherapy, exercise science etc.) and/or previous virtual reality experience with clinical populations (e.g. as a research assistant)
      Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Pain Science training

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      A full-time candidate is preferred but applications will be accepted from those wishing to study part-time. The successful candidate will be based out of Melbourne but have access to all resources at the BodyinMind research group and all resources available to research students at UniSA.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 22 May 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Tasha Stanton

    Immunology

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

    Medical Biotechnology

    • Developing a Point-of-Care Field Effect Transistor biosensing platform for predicting adverse birth outcomes through finger-prick blood
      Scholarship Available Dr Duy Tran Closing 03 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Develop innovative biosensing technology to identify preterm preeclampsia

      If you are seeking to advance your career in bioengineering and interested in nano technology, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an opportunity to apply for a project-based PhD with real-world impact in our Future Industries Institute, in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
      Antenatal care for women living in rural and low-resource settings needs to be improved, especially in terms of diagnosing women presenting with suspected preterm preeclampsia. Our research team, in collaboration with the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Royal Flying Doctor Services, will develop a point-of-care biomarker testing technology based on nanoscale field-effect transistor biosensors and lab-on-chip technology.

      This is a significant development, as measuring preeclampsia biomarkers in maternal blood is rapidly becoming standard. However, current biomarker assays such as the Roche Elecsys must be conducted within laboratories, and these logistics, plus the inherently lengthy time-to-result, greatly limits applicability in rural settings.

      You will join a cross-disciplinary team focussed on developing and commercialising the testing platform. Implementing this test in routine prenatal care would enable more timely and accurate diagnosis and management of preterm preeclampsia and, consequently, help avoid unnecessary hospitalisation and the associated socioeconomic impact.

      Through this research degree project you will receive advanced training in solid-state biosensing and microfluidics, and benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities available at the Future Industries Institute bioengineering labs. The project will also provide you with excellent learning opportunities in commercialisation.

      You will also have exclusive access to the state-of-the-art facilities of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), both in South Australia and across its national network. As well as access to top-of-the-range 3D printers for rapid prototyping at the Industries 4.0 Testlab and the UniSA STEM microelectronics workshop.

      The platform testing and end-user development interface are supported by our clinical collaborators (Lyell McEwin Hospital and Royal Flying Doctor Service), providing you with hands-on industry and professional networking experiences.

      This is a valuable opportunity to undertake cutting edge, end-user driven research that has the potential to lead to employment beyond academia. Strong links and close collaboration with key stakeholders through on-field research will help you to build significant links with industry and clinicians around Australia.

      What you’ll do

      In this project-based research degree, you will conduct high quality basic and translational research independently and in collaboration with the supervision team, end-users and other project stakeholders. You will be responsible for designing, fabricating, and characterising solid-state biosensors and blood sampling processing devices.

      You will carry out multivariant data analysis using SPSS, Minitab, R program and Python, and undertake bioelectrical signal analysis. You’ll also be required to test prototypes and develop an end-user interface in collaboration with the end-users.

      You will also receive advanced training in medical device development under a Quality Management System compliant to ISO standards.

      There is potential for travel for international and national conferences, and opportunities to undertake an industry placement. You may also be able to carry out some research at other academic institutions through the ANFF network.

      Upon completion, you will have an extensive suite of highly employable skills, including expertise in biosensing and point-of-care biodiagnostic technologies; proficiency in multivariant data analysis and model testing, solid-state electrical signal testing methodology and data analysis; and point-of-care biodiagnostic technology validation involving human participants

      You will also understand how to carry out additive manufacturing and microfabrication and the quality management system for medical devices. An entrepreneurial understanding of commercial and regulatory requirements for developing and implementing diagnostic technologies will also hold you in good stead in your future career.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII) which was established with a new research culture in mind – one deeply engaged with industry, with the end goal of building economic growth through relevant innovation and industry partnership.

      The Institute reflects the University’s strategic ambition to be Australia’s University of Enterprise which engages fully with the professions and industry globally, whose research is informed, leading edge and relevant. FII continues to forge national and international research partnerships in new industries and technologies that address real world issues. Our goal is to support a creative and engaged culture and to help develop a sustainable ecosystem in which innovation, complex, growth-focused industries thrive.

      FII's research supports state and national research priorities and comprises of top research teams able to collaborate across disciplines and to work with industry partners to deliver innovative solutions.

      With a vibrant research environment, a strong industry orientation, and active international and national links, both academic and industry based, the Institute is among the very best in Australia and attracts and retains leading researchers.

      Supervisory Team

      • Dr Duy Phu Tran - Principal Supervisor
      • Professor Benjamin Thierry - Co-Supervisor
      • Professor Gustaaf Dekker - (Lyell McEwin Hospital and Modbury Hospital)
      • Fergus Gardiner (Royal Flying Doctor Service)

      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project.

      A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes  campus in the north of Adelaide. 

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Friday, 3rd June.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Duy Tran

    Oncology & carcinogenesis

    • Development of targeted radionuclide therapy for pancreatic cancer
      Scholarship Available Professor Eva Bezak Closing 22 May 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: Development of targeted radionuclide therapy for pancreatic cancer

      Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly aggressive malignancy with a 5-year survival rate of approximately 10% in Australia. Current treatments of PDAC include surgery, chemotherapy and external beam radiotherapy (EBRT), however these often fail to cure the disease as presentation is often late and many patients already have metastatic disease. Significant research has been directed towards the use of more targeted therapies, which selectively target cancer cells whilst minimising damage to normal, healthy cells. In this space radio-immunotherapy (RIT) is of growing interest. Whilst RIT has traditionally used beta-emitting radioisotopes, targeted alpha therapy (TAT) with alpha-emitting radioisotopes is considered to offer greater therapeutic potential and less side effects in most clinical applications. Therefore, advancing RIT from beta- to alpha-emitting radioimmunoconjugates (RICs) is considered to improve therapeutic efficacy, however investigations into TAT in PDAC are currently limited.

      The specific aims of this project are:
      1. Determine the pharmacokinetic, biodistribution and MTD of 225Ac-DOTA-C595 in mice using patient-derived xenografts
      2. Evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of 225Ac-DOTA-C595 compared to standard gemcitabine chemotherapy and control treatment (saline) by performing survival studies in mice

      The student will be working in the Medical Radiations group at the UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance unit with laboratory access and equipment available at UniSA and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

      Supervisory Team
      • Professor Eva Bezak - Principal Supervisor
      • Associate Professor Dylan Bartholomeusz (Director Nuclear Medicine, SAMI, RAH)
      • Professor Nam Nguyen (Head of GastroIntestinal Unit, Interventional & EUS endoscopist, Royal Adelaide Hospital and Clinical Professor, Discipline of Medicine, Pancreatico-biliiary research group, University of Adelaide)

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project selection criteria:
      • Established track record of work with ionizing radiations
      • Established track record in molecular biology, cell line work and relevant assays (e.g. clonogenic) etc.
      • Knowledge of radiation biology

      Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Experience in working with animal models and xenografts

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 22 May 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Eva Bezak
    • Identifying optimal immunotherapy combinations for the treatment of brain tumours
      Scholarship Available Dr Lisa Ebert Closing 05 June 2022 3:30 PM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Develop immunotherapy treatments for brain tumours

      If you are looking to advance your career in biotechnology and interested in the cutting-edge field of immunotherapy, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an opportunity aimed at making a meaningful difference to people with brain cancer, through a PhD project in our Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) an alliance between SA Pathology and the University of South Australia.

      Immunotherapy has emerged as an important new treatment option for cancer patients. Immunotherapies use the patient’s own immune system to target their cancer and are proving remarkably successful in treating certain cancer types such as melanoma and leukaemia.

      However, the immunotherapy revolution is yet to benefit patients suffering from many other cancer types, including brain cancer. In fact, for the most aggressive form of brain cancer – glioblastoma –no new effective treatments have been developed in the past 15 years.

      Chimeric antigen receptor cell therapy (CAR-T) is one of the most promising forms of immunotherapy. However, CAR-T cell therapies are highly specific, and must be individually developed and optimised for each cancer type. Our research team seeks to develop an effective CAR-T cell therapy for glioblastoma. We have already made significant progress toward this goal and plan to open an initial clinical trial soon. In the meantime, we will continue our pre-clinical research program to refine our approaches.

      The focus of this PhD project will be to test various combination approaches to improve our CAR-T cell therapy, including targeting multiple antigens and combining different immunotherapy modalities. You will test these approaches in vitro and in vivo using the latest methodologies, including advanced brain tumour models in mice and real-time measurements of in vitro cytotoxicity.

      Based within the Translational Oncology Laboratory at the CCB, you will benefit from joining a dedicated cohort focused on translating cutting-edge laboratory findings into new cancer therapies and diagnostics. The head of the research group, Professor Michael Brown, also serves as Director of the Cancer Clinical Trials Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, which perfectly positions our team to integrate laboratory-based pre-clinical research with clinical trial activity.

      Cancer immunotherapy is a rapidly moving field, and scientists with in-depth experience are in high demand within the biotechnology industry. This project will  position you very well for either employment in industry or an academic career in this burgeoning field.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project you will, spend the majority of your time planning, performing and analysing laboratory-based research within our fully equipped facility at the Centre for Cancer Biology. You will also be required to stay abreast of the current literature relating to the project, attend seminars, and help prepare manuscripts. Presentation of research results at fortnightly team meetings is expected, as well as occasional presentations at institutional seminar programs and conferences.

      This project will provide you with experience in a wide range of laboratory techniques, including cell culture, handling, and processing patient specimens, producing CAR-T cells, and measuring cell function (including cytotoxicity). You will also gain firsthand knowledge in flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, and pre-clinical tumour models in mice.

      Attendance at local, national, and international conferences during your research degree is strongly encouraged. Our team also collaborates broadly to enhance the success and impact of our research. This includes other research groups at the CCB, as well as researchers and clinicians all around Australia.

      Where you’ll be based

      You’ll be based at the Centre for Cancer Biology, which is a medical research institute that carries out a world-class program of innovative research, making breakthrough discoveries in the fundamental causes of cancer, and translating these discoveries into new ways to prevent and treat this group of diseases.

      The CCB is an alliance between SA Pathology and the University of South Australia and boasts the largest concentration of cancer research in South Australia, currently hosting 22 full-time research group leaders and their teams.

      CCB laboratories carry out research in leukaemia, breast cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, brain cancer, and colon cancer, focusing on the specialised areas of gene regulation, molecular signalling, translational oncology, and cancer genomics. In addition to these laboratories, our ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility is providing access to state-of-the-art genomics research equipment, computing technology and bioinformatics expertise to Adelaide BioMed City and the wider research community.

      Translation of new discoveries into clinical practice is strengthened by the co-localisation of the laboratories within a single institute, as well as its proximity and close collaboration with the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide, and SAHMRI.

      The CCB also has alliances with leading pharmaceutical companies to rapidly exploit new discoveries. The institute aims to be a hub of internationally recognised cancer research excellence, achieving tangible outcomes for cancer patients.

      The CCB is a member of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI).

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.
       
      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Must have completed a research-based qualification equivalent to at least Australian Honours in a relevant field (namely: cell/cancer biology and/or immunology)

      Applicant who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Prior research experience in T cell biology and/or cancer immunotherapy
      • At least one first-author publication in an international journal that is indexed in PubMed and meets the COPE publication ethics guidelines

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus ?in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday, 3 June, 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Lisa Ebert
    • Understanding chemoresistance mechanisms in triple negative breast cancer
      Scholarship Available Professor Yeesim Khew-Goodall Closing 04 June 2022 12:00 AM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Combat chemotherapy resistance in breast cancer treatment

      If you are seeking to advance your career in molecular biology and interested in breast cancer research, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an opportunity to create real-world impact with a PhD project in our Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) an alliance between SA Pathology and the University of South Australia.

      Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is the most aggressive form of breast cancer and the most challenging to treat due to a paucity of reliable targeted therapy. TNBC patients are usually treated with chemotherapy and whilst many respond very well to this, about one in five will relapse and become chemo resistant. This is true even for patients with early-stage disease, who would usually have the best chance of recovery.

      Patients who become chemo resistant have few other options available to them so it is important to understand how the situation arises. We have made some inroads and discovered pathways that could be targeted to overcome chemo resistance. This PhD project will give you the opportunity to participate in unravelling the mysteries of chemo resistance and contribute to landmark discoveries on how it arises.

      The CCB is a vibrant community of researchers dedicated to helping cure cancer. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including high resolution microscopy, flowcytometry, next-generation sequencing and single-cell sequencing. It is a highly collaborative environment, with weekly research seminars to keep students and researchers up to date with each other’s research.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will mostly undertake lab-based experimental work at the Centre for Cancer Biology. You will also attend and/or present at regular internal seminars and national conferences every year.

      This hands-on project will give you the opportunity to develop skills in assessment of mouse mammary tumour formation and general mouse handling techniques, in vitro cell culture, brightfield and fluorescent microscopy, generation of knockout and knockin cell lines using CRISPR/Cas9 technology, as well as basic biochemistry and molecular biology techniques.

      You will benefit from training in the most up-to-date research techniques and access to a large range of state-of-the-art equipment. With ample opportunities to meet other researchers locally and from interstate through our external seminar series, which will enhance your industry connections and networks and prepare you for your career in cancer research.

      Where you’ll be based

      You’ll be based at the Centre for Cancer Biology, a medical research institute that carries out a world-class program of innovative research, making breakthrough discoveries in the fundamental causes of cancer, and translating these discoveries into new ways to prevent and treat this group of diseases.

      The CCB is an alliance between SA Pathology and the University of South Australia and boasts the largest concentration of cancer research in South Australia, currently hosting 22 full-time research group leaders and their teams.

      CCB laboratories carry out research in leukaemia, breast cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, brain cancer, and colon cancer, focusing on the specialised areas of gene regulation, molecular signalling, translational oncology, and cancer genomics. In addition to these laboratories, our ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility is providing access to state-of-the-art genomics research equipment, computing technology and bioinformatics expertise to Adelaide BioMed City and the wider research community.

      Translation of new discoveries into clinical practice is strengthened by the co-localisation of the laboratories within a single institute, as well as its proximity and close collaboration with the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide, and SAHMRI.

      The CCB also has alliances with leading pharmaceutical companies to rapidly exploit new discoveries. We aim to be a hub of internationally recognised cancer research excellence, achieving tangible outcomes for cancer patients.

      The CCB is a member of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI).

      Supervisory Team

      • Professor Yeesim Khew-Goodall - Principal Supervisor
      • Professor Michael Samuel - Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus ?in the heart of Adelaide.  Additionally applications from students studying externally will also be considered.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Friday, 3 June, 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Yeesim Khew-Goodall

    Paediatrics

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    Reproductive medicine

    • Born too soon: Impact on ability to metabolise drugs
      Scholarship Available Professor Janna Morrison Closing 27 May 2022 12:00 AM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Discover the impact on the preterm babies ability to metabolise drugs.

      If you are seeking to advance your biomedical career and are interested in fetal physiology, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique and hands-on research degree project that has the potential to change lives within our Health and Biomedical Innovation group, in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

      Babies born before 37 weeks are considered preterm, and those born before 30 weeks are very preterm and are at much greater risk of requiring admission to a neonatal intensive care unit. These babies are treated with a range of drugs, many of which require metabolism by hepatic CYPs, and thus exposure and effect is impacted by CYP function.

      In many cases of preterm delivery, the mother or placenta are also unwell and thus there is an increased chance of exposure to drugs in utero. These drugs must cross the placenta, which contains CYPs and transporters that remove drugs from the fetal compartment.

      This project will determine CYP function and drug transporter expression in the placenta collected from human deliveries at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Four main objectives will seek to establish:
      • the effect of gestational age on placental CYP function and drug transporter expression
      • the effect of ethnicity on placental CYP function and drug transporter expression
      • the effect of sex on placental CYP function and drug transporter expression
      • the impact of maternal COVID on placental CYP function and drug transporter expression.

      Through this research degree project you will have access to a wide breadth of experience and training within the Health and Biomedical Innovation group, as well as access to an established laboratory with all the equipment required for all necessary analysis (real-time PCR, Western blotting, LC-MS/MS, histology).

      Via our government funded ARC Discovery and NHMRC Ideas projects, you will also have the unique opportunity to work with samples collected from animal studies (sheep, primate and guinea pig) that mimic pregnancy complications in humans. As well as gain experience with a large animal model of pregnancy, participating in fetal surgery, postoperative care, fetal cardiac MRI, and tissue collection.

      You will enjoy privileged access to SAHMRI’s preclinical imaging and research laboratories where the animal studies will be performed. No other facility in Australia allows access to surgical theatres, long-term animal housing, CT and MRI facilities, giving you a competitive edge in the employment market. You will also have access to an extensive BioBank of fixed and frozen tissue with extensive clinical records and in vivo physiological data to support your studies.

      An international network of scientists and clinicians with expertise that spans many facets of fetal physiology will support you in your studies, with the opportunity to visit these collaborators to enrich your research degree experience. You will also be encouraged to attend meetings to share your work and gain constructive feedback via local, national and international events including the Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society, Health and Biomedical Innovation Trainee Symposia, Australian Society for Medical Research, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Fetal and Neonatal Workshop of Australia and New Zealand, and Society for Reproductive Investigation.

      You will join a team that has a successful history of grant funding for innovative projects that push the boundaries.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project you will be involved in both computer- and lab-based work. You will participate in fetal surgery, postoperative care, blood pressure studies and tissue collection. You will perform LC-MS/MS assays to determine the function of CYPs in the maternal and fetal liver as well as the placenta.

      Data will be analysed in Microsoft Excel and Prism and you will have the opportunity to use real-time PCR and Western blotting to study CYP and drug transporter gene and protein expression. You will be fully trained and supervised to carry out LC-MS/MS assays that will be used to measure fetal plasma hormones and CYP substrates and metabolites.

      With a strong network of national and international collaborators you may have the opportunity to travel to laboratories within Australia or overseas. You will also be given the opportunity to attend conferences to present your work, either online or in person, locally, nationally, and internationally.

      Upon completion of your research degree, you will have a suite of transferable skills, including study design, organisation of long-term projects, working productively independently and in a team, communicating effectively with scientists from a range of disciplines (fetal physiology, pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences, endocrinology), performing experimental work, and writing for science.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based within the Health and Biomedical Innovation group. The group studies the complex workings of the body and its interaction with the environment. Our goal is to address fundamental questions about how the body and its environment work and to integrate this knowledge to increase our understanding of the human body as a whole, in both health and disease. This approach involves measuring changes in the body with disease and the impact of interventions and allows us to discover biomedical pathways to improve health while providing the foundational knowledge required for translation into clinical practice. We achieve this through strong partnerships with other national and international thought leaders in academia, clinical practice, industry, government, and our community.

      Our work is disseminated through production of high-quality publications, engagement with end-users and the community at conferences and with public presentations.

      Our research pillars represent a new direction in health and chronic disease research, focusing on strong engagement with government, industry, regulatory bodies, policymakers and the community.

      Supervisory Team

      • Professor Janna Morrison - Principal Supervisor
      • Associate Professor Michael Wiese - Co Supervisor
      • Dr Jack Darby - Co Supervisor
      • Dr Ashley Meakin – Co Supervisor
      • Professor Rebecca Simmons (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.  

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Thursday, 26 May, 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Janna Morrison

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    Architecture

    • Parametric VR: Applying and Exploring Virtual Reality Systems to Better Support Parametric Design
      Scholarship Available Professor Ning Gu Closing 05 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this project

      Inform the impact on architects and industry perceptions regarding adopting VR in Parametric Design

      An Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project has been established at the University of South Australia (UniSA) to investigate a new and intuitive set of user interactions for Virtual Reality (VR) to support parametric design in architecture. 'Parametric VR' is a new and exciting research topic that can advance the architecture and construction sector by supporting highly innovative design processes, improved design performances, optimised design interactions, and simplified workflows. These improvements are realised through VR-enabled capabilities: design immersion, virtual prototyping, and cognitive enhancement. As more daily activities are conducted remotely, VR immersive technologies can also effectively support design collaborations. VR can improve interactions in parametric design, which have been critically underdeveloped. Parametric VR will further the developments of both technologies and deepen their impact on the global design industry.

      Supported by the Discovery Project team, UniSA Creative is seeking a qualified candidate to conduct a PhD research project to develop and test prototype(s) of Parametric VR, a novel system of VR tools to support parametric design, allowing architects to directly edit parametric design in VR across the project lifecycle. This PhD will specifically focus on design application and adoption of the technological developments including:
      1. Determining appropriate application(s) of VR to the parametric design pipeline and at the true scale of architectural design projects.
      2. Developing/adopting and mapping software tools and VR interactions against the selected parametric processes and tasks.
      3. Testing the effectiveness of Parametric VR prototype(s) and design scenario(s) through user studies with architects.

      The project will be hosted at UniSA Creative and the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE), in collaboration with UniSA STEM. The successful PhD candidate will be supported by the extended research networks including end-user organisations and international collaborators as enabled by the ARC Discovery Project. The successful candidate will be working amongst a strong cohort of PhD students in IVE, who share similar passion and research interests to create high-impact outputs with strong peer support. During the project, the PhD candidate will be guided to develop research publications in journals and conference for knowledge dissemination and exchange. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to undertake a placement at the end user organisation to gain end-user/industry experiences and to further validate and disseminate the research.

      Supervisory Team


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Hold a Master of Architecture or an equivalent degree from a related design discipline.
      • Skills and experiences in applying computational design tools in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sectors, especially related to parametric design.
      • Applicants should submit a full research proposal (approximately 2500 words) that has been developed in consultation with the proposed lead supervisor. A template to help guide this application is available here.

      Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Skills and experiences in developing immersive virtual environments such as VR, Augmented Reality (AR) and other related technologies.
      • Skills and experiences in applying VR, AR and other related technologies in the AEC and other design disciplines.
      • Skills and experiences in computer programming or scripting.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 5 June 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Ning Gu

    Building

    • Improving Mental Health and Prevention of Suicide Ideation among Female Workers in the Construction Industry
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Rameez Rameezdeen Closing 03 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Address mental health issues among women in the construction industry

      Content warning: Please note this includes discussion of suicide.

      If you are seeking to advance your career in the construction industry and interested in improving mental health in the workplace, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a project-based PhD in partnership with MATES in Construction.

      Construction workers are at greater risk of suicide than other occupational groups, and six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work. Female construction workers are more likely to report work-related stress and psychological injuries than men, due to the unique challenges women face in the industry.

      With an ever-increasing presence of female workers in the construction industry, it is critical to have gender-sensitive suicide prevention strategies in place. This project will investigate the construction work- and non-work-related suicide risk and protective factors to develop strategies to reduce the harmful impact of such factors which result in suicide ideation among female construction workers.

      This research seeks to explicate what constitutes suicide behaviour and the process of suicide prevention, as conceptualised by construction workers who identify as female. We will consider what drives suicidal ideation within and outside of the construction industry, document relationships and interdependencies among suicide risk and protective factors for female workers, and provide recommendations on specific strategies to reduce/prevent the harmful impact of work- and non-work-related factors and improve the mental health of female construction workers.

      You will be in an advantageous position to network with multidisciplinary groups, including UniSA’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research and Education Research Concentration and Sustainable Infrastructure and Resource Management Research Concentration.

      You will also engage in collecting data from different stakeholders in the Australian construction industry, including construction-related business organisations, regulatory bodies and non-government organisations related to suicide prevention in Australia.

      The opportunity to undertake research with many varied construction industry stakeholders and engage with the industry partner on a real-world problem will significantly increase your future collaboration opportunities. Importantly, you will have an opportunity to contribute to a high priority area of research in the Australian construction industry, which will prepare you for career in this field or further or advance your current career.

      What you’ll do

      In this project-based research degree, you will help define the research questions; conduct a literature review; collect, analyse and interpret data; and work as a part of a research team. You will develop your qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills and there will be an opportunity to receive General Awareness Training (GAT), Connector, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) from MATES in Construction South Australia.

      On project completion, you will be equipped with the skills you need to become an independent researcher, capable of designing and executing a research project and translating the research outputs into high-quality publications.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA STEM. We link engineering, mathematics, science, defence, cybersecurity, construction management, environmental science, aviation, information management, information technology, and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition.

      Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts.

      In an information-rich world, our people think big, combatting problems, testing solutions and making data-driven decisions. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in.

      Supervisory Team


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

       
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City East Campus in the east of Adelaide.  Additionally applications from students studying externally will also be considered.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

       
      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Friday, 3rd June.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Rameez Rameezdeen

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    Physical Chemistry

    • Ultrathin ionic liquid films on surfaces
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Marta Krasowska Closing 03 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this Project

      This project aims to study the formation and pattern of ultra-thin films, so called precursor films, formed by ionic liquids (IL). Ionic liquids have emerged as ‘designer’ liquids in many applications including tribology for challenging mechanical contacts. Their unique properties such as high thermal stability, negligible volatility, non-flammability and high conductivity, mean they can be used as lubricants in high-end applications such as MEMS/NEMS, wind turbines, and aerospace applications, where oil-based lubricants fail. In addition, ILs can form stable ordered layers and protective tribo-films at solid surfaces, further reducing friction and wear. This project intends to use atomic force microscopy imaging and Synchrotron based x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to correlate the molecular orientation of ionic liquids with the pattern type, and finally with the tribological performance of precursor films.

      This project is expected to generate new intellectual property (IP), and extend the current technology towards the next generation of permanent conductive lubricants, leading to future patent(s).

      What you’ll do

      This research degree project will set you up with expert knowledge including physical and synthetic chemistry, as well as advanced characterisation providing opportunities for employment in advanced manufacturing and materials engineering sectors.  Upon completion of this project you will be a highly trained and diversely skilled graduate, with broad experience and employability across the science, advanced materials and product development sectors.

      The PhD student will be mentored by a group of passionate scientists with various scientific backgrounds. They will work in a dynamic research environment and have ample opportunity to attend conferences and workshops related to interfacial and colloid science as well as food chemistry, travel permitted.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will work closely with theoretical colleagues on the same project. You’ll be part of the Surface Interactions and Soft Matter (SISM) group in the Future Industries Institute (FII) at Mawson Lakes, and you’ll also interact with the Mathematical Modelling group, as well as the Applied Chemistry and Translational Biomaterials (ACTB) group. You’ll also will also work with the external supervisor at the University of Western Australia and his group and the supervisors' wider group of collaborators outside UniSA, in Australia and internationally. Part of your PhD research will be performed at ANSTO Australian Synchrotron (https://www.ansto.gov.au/research/facilities/australian-synchrotron/overview) in Melbourne.

      Supervisory Team


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.


      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential:

      • An undergraduate degree in chemistry or material science
      • High level written and verbal communication skills
      • Capacity to meet deadlines and manage competing demands to meet project milestones

      Applicant who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:

      • Peer-reviewed publications

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Friday, 3rd June.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Marta Krasowska

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    Accounting, auditing and accountability

    • How blockchain is impacting accountability and sustainability in a developing country
      Scholarship Available Dr Sanjaya Kuruppu Closing 29 May 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this project

      Blockchain is a significant emerging technology. However, current research in accounting has predominantly focused on the theoretical/conceptual mapping of how blockchain systems can transform accountability and accounting practice. Far less is known about the actual application of blockchain technology in developing countries, and the implications this has for organisations, governments and communities. This research sets out to explore current and future issues as blockchain gains momentum in developing countries.

      The candidate will undertake a mixed method study of blockchain in Sri Lanka. It is envisaged that there will be a quantitative element as well as semi-structured interviews/non-participant observation. The project will seek to explore several case study companies to understand blockchain processes in real life applications.

      The successful student will work in shared student offices with other Higher Degree by Research students from UniSA Business. This will enable you to build a network with students in business and share the research journey together. Student offices are located near staff offices, providing strong access to research expertise and a community of scholars. Students are provided with modern computing facilities, and access to research seminars, funding and conference opportunities via the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion and Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies. Experts on blockchain, in addition to the supervisors, are available within UniSA and Adelaide.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.
      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or PhD.

      Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Capacity to work collaboratively in teams
      • Networks within industry sector in Sri Lanka
      • Ability to speak English and Sinhalese or Tamil

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 29 May 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Sanjaya Kuruppu

    Human resources and industrial relations

    • Developing a framework to recruit and train aged-care employees in multicultural skills and competence
      Scholarship Available Professor Ying Zhu Closing 22 May 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      Masters by Research or PhD Project: Developing a framework to recruit and train aged-care employees in multicultural skills and competence

      In Australia, aged-care services are typically delivered in dedicated facilities or to residents in their own homes (referred to as home-care). As early migrants age and elderly relatives accompany recent migrants, Australia's aging population is becoming increasingly multicultural. Consequently, both residents in aged-care homes, as well as home-care residents, are also becoming culturally diverse.

      The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Service (2021) found that the Australian aged-care industry has failed to deliver quality services that meet the particular needs of people from culturally diverse backgrounds. The report lamented that aged-care residents often could not access needed services, leading to declining function, preventable hospitalisation, premature entry to palliative aged care, and even death. Another issue is the burnout that informal carers (e.g., family members or children) face as they could not access the specific services they need.

      In regard to the issue of inadequate quality service to culturally diverse residents, the Royal Commission identified that "across the aged-care system, staff are often poorly trained in culturally safe practices, with little understanding of the additional needs of people from diverse background" (p. 67). Consequently, aged-care providers could not provide care that acknowledges, respects and values people's diverse needs. Even for home-care residents alone, the report found that about one third of home-care residents have concerns about staff not being adequately trained or the frequent personnel change (p. 72).

      Compounding the complexity of providing quality care to culturally diverse residents, workforce in the aged-care industry is also increasingly being staffed with skilled migrants from culturally diverse backgrounds. Anecdotal discussions with several aged-care homes in Adelaide revealed that many care workers arrive from countries including the Indian subcontinent, China and the Philippines. Hence, the issues related to cultural diversity go both ways. On the one hand, aged-care residents are increasingly from culturally diverse backgrounds. On the other, the aged-care staff also possess culturally diverse backgrounds. Indeed, a particular service provider revealed that about 70% of their staff are of non-European descent.

      Against this backdrop, this project draws on the theoretical models of self-efficacy and competence-based approaches to develop an outcome-based framework to improve aged-care service providers’ cultural diversity competence. Its eventual goal is to improve the carers’ capabilities and guide the training of aged-care employees in cultural competence and skills, thereby improving the service quality to aged-care residents. Another aim is to inform aged-care service providers regarding recruitment policies and selection criteria, in order to enable the providers to recruit staff with the right experience, knowledge and/or attitude to deliver quality services to culturally diverse elderly residents.

      What you’ll do

      Guided by the supervisor team, the student will work directly with partner organisations on a phase approach. First, the student shall identify the performance antecedents of diversity competence. Next, the student shall draw on self-efficacy and competence-based theories to develop a theoretically grounded training framework to upskill the organisation's staff in cultural diversity competence. Finally, the student will execute the model and conduct research with both the organisation's staff and their clients (i.e., the aged-care residents) in order to determine whether developed framework meets its developmental objectives.

      Where you’ll be based

      The student will be based at UniSA’s City West campus. Where necessary, the student will travel to the office of the partner organisation within Adelaide City. The student is also likely to need to travel to the homes of some aged-care residents in order to execute the project. The student is expected to work with the management of partner organizations to develop the recruitment and training framework. The student is also expected to travel to the relevant aged care centres and homes of a selected sample of aged-care residents. The purpose of these visits is primarily for data collection, such as through surveys or interviews. It is expected that all travelling will occur within metropolitan Adelaide.

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      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information. International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 22 May 20222.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Ying Zhu

    Strategy, management and organisational behaviour

    • Managing modern slavery in corporate supply chains: the case of Ghana
      Scholarship Available Professor Christine Helliar Closing 22 May 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project - Managing modern slavery in corporate supply chains: the case of Ghana

      Estimates suggest there are currently over 40 million people held in slavery conditions worldwide with more than 16 million in forced labour in global supply chains. As such, slavery is all around us, but the chance of becoming enslaved is much greater in developing countries. There are a growing number of legislative Acts being adopted, primarily by Western countries, designed to curb this heinous practice. One focus of these developments is on making large businesses accountable, not just for their own activities but for those that occur in their supply chains. While there is research which considers accountability from the perspective of analysing transparency-based disclosures of Western businesses, research which considers this issue from the developing country perspective and seeks to understand the dynamics of external pressure to improve working conditions and how this is understood and translated on the ground is limited. This is especially the case in relation to business operating in Africa.

      The project will investigate how developments in the broader macro environment are understood and interpreted in a country where modern slavery has a long history from colonial times to the present – Ghana. The project will consider socio-economic conditions on the ground in Ghana and how these work to enable and even encourage the use of slavery-related activities. This project will lead to recommendations for businesses operating in or dealing with suppliers located in Ghana. From the Ghanaian perspective the project will assess the current state of knowledge of modern slavery and awareness surrounding how Western supply chain transparency requirements are likely to affect Ghanaian businesses. This will lead to development of culturally specific tools so Ghanaian businesses can demonstrate their commitment to eradicating modern slavery when dealing with multinational buyers and intermediaries. Educational programs will also be designed from the findings.

      You will be based in the Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies or C-EDGE at the University of South Australia’s City West campus in Adelaide. The Centre is committed to research and innovation that fosters enterprising solutions for the problems that challenge local, regional and global prosperity. C-EDGE produces high quality, theory-driven research that informs and develops improved practices in dynamic contexts among enterprising individuals, organisations, professions, industries and policymakers. The Centre provides the tools, methods, and frameworks to influence policy and practice, related to innovation and enterprise. You will join a group of dynamic research candidates undertaking study on a range of real-world problems in areas as diverse as Islamic banking to innovation and how technology can be used to solve longstanding problems in government activities. You will be provided with the opportunity to share your research with others and to attend multiple workshops and seminars related to research methods and techniques. You will also learn by hearing from others about their own research and be given the opportunity to seek funds to present your work at conferences (Covid-19 permitting).

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      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.
      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      Additionally, applicants must meet the project selection criteria:
      • Thorough understanding of the Ghanaian culture and business environment
      • Be a Ghanaian resident and have established contacts that be drawn upon in relation to the project

      Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Experience with different qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 22 May 2002.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Christine Helliar
    • What do South Australian firms need to enable and support high growth? Developing a ‘missing links’ public policy
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Allan O'Connor Closing 05 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)

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    Creative arts and writing

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    Creative and professional writing

    • Blackbirding and Cross-Cultural Ties
      Scholarship Available Dr Jessica White Closing 05 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)

      About this project

      Applications will only be considered from Australian Aboriginal and South Sea Islander Peoples for this position, under special measures pursuant to Section 56 of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1984 (SA). You will be required to provide evidence of your Aboriginal and/or South Sea Islander heritage in your application.

      Project Description

      This research-based, creative writing project will focus on ‘Blackbirding’, the indentured labour system in place in Australia briefly in 1847, and more extensively between 1863 and 1904. This was a time when 62,000 people mainly from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands (then known as Kanakas) were taken to Queensland. While extensive research has been undertaken on the practice itself, little is known about the relationships and connections forged between South Sea Islanders and Australian First Nations Peoples. Specifically, some Vanuatu people are descended from Australian First Nations women, or children who accompanied South Sea Islander labourers at the conclusion of their contracts.

      This project seeks to illuminate the history of blackbirding and the connections it created between Australian First Nations Peoples and the Pacific Islands, and to raise public awareness in Australia and neighbouring Pacific Islands of the historical and contemporary impact of blackbirding.

      What you’ll do

      The successful applicant will focus on First Nations’ storytelling, particularly the relationships between Australian First Nations Peoples and South Sea Islanders. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will collaborate with First Nations communities through their research. While the project will largely take place on an individual level, community engagement will be critical to its formation, production and dissemination. The successful applicant will generate new research and a creative artefact relating to the cross-cultural connections between First Nations Peoples and South Sea Islanders in the context of blackbirding.

      Upon completion of the project, the successful applicant will have created a work of publishable standard. They will have the capacity to undertake independent research, to engage with creative writing methodologies, and to create (if not already present) a track record of creative and critical publications. They will also have an understanding of the Australian literary industry and how to position themselves and their work within it.

      The successful candidate will be supported by a supervisory team that has expertise in creative writing and First Nations research and storytelling. The principal supervisor is a leading practitioner of fiction and creative non-fiction, while the associate supervisors have extensive knowledge of First Nations storytelling and creative writing methodologies. Each of the supervisors have connections to industry.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA Creative, a research environment that includes researchers across the spectrum of creative arts, from visual arts to architecture. The rich and diverse approaches to understanding and exploring the role of creative practice in contemporary experience is shared across the graduate research cohort.

      The candidate will have the opportunity to travel and to engage with communities relevant to their research. They will be part of a cohort of researchers in a field of practice-based research, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers via workshops and co-authorship of papers.

      Some travel may be required to the Pacific Islands and Queensland, restrictions permitting.

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      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $35,000 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

      Eligibility and Selection

      Pursuant to Section 56 part 2 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (as amended) (SA) applications are invited from Australian Aboriginal peoples and/or those who identify as an Australian South Sea Islander who is a direct descendant of the South Sea Islanders brought into Queensland between 1863 and 1904 as indentured labourers. Australian Aboriginal Peoples will be required to provide evidence of their community connection in the application. South Sea Islander Peoples should seek a letter of support from a registered Australian South Sea Islander organisation verifying their Australian South Sea Islander heritage).

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or South Sea Islander person and possess a demonstrated understanding of the issues impacting on the provision of services to, and workforce considerations for, Aboriginal and/or South Sea Islander communities.
      • Applicants should submit a full research proposal (approximately 2500 words) that has been developed in consultation with the proposed lead supervisor. A template to help guide this application is available here.
      • Applicants should provide a sample of the creative writing, and where possible, also their critical writing (approximately 5000 words).
      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to be based at our Magill Campus in the east of Adelaide.  Whilst a full-time candidate is ideally sought, part-time candidature will be considered.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Sunday 5 June 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Jessica White

    Visual arts

    • Re-imagining Public Spaces: Subjectivity and Confessional Art
      Scholarship Available Professor Simon Biggs Closing 05 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this project

      Exploring confessional creative practices and their impact on contemporary subjectivity

      If you are seeking to advance your career in the creative industries and are interested in developing your visual art practice, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting opportunity to apply for a project-based PhD at UniSA in partnership with The Samstag Museum of Art.

      As the boundaries between private and public space become increasingly problematised in our confessional society (e.g. Instagram, the blogosphere, and Facebook), this research asks how contemporary confessional art can give voice to displaced subjectivities that challenge coercive mechanisms of public spaces to present a more complex politics of self.

      This practice-led research project seeks to investigate the notion and prevalence of our contemporary confessional society and its impact on, and relationship to, the visual arts. Specifically, the project examines a contemporary confessional art practice.

      You will have access to state-of-the-art research and studio facilities, including the Jeffery Smart Library, UniSA Creative research facilities, a private art studio, and collegial research community. Additionally, you will have access to a number of contemporary spaces such as the Samstag Museum, Liverpool Street Gallery, JamFactory, and Nexus Arts.

      What you’ll do

      In this project-based research degree, you will aim to frame contemporary confessional discourse as a less coercive and regulatory practice, by establishing a dialogue between technologies of the self and contemporary confessional art practice. You will apply a post-structuralist methodology to align Foucauldian philosophical notions of the self to a contemporary confessional art practice.

      Upon completion, you will present a professional body of creative work along with an exegesis outlining the context for the methods and methodology employed and the insights gained during the program. Through partnering with industry and an end-user of research, you will have opportunities to network and develop skills for research excellence with career relevance. With access to funding to support attendance at local, national, and international conferences, workshops, seminars, and research-related exhibitions.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA Creative, which incorporates the South Australian School of Art, and brings together the disciplines of architecture, planning, art and design, journalism, communication and media, film and television, and the creative industries to produce graduates with multidisciplinary capabilities.

      Students learn by doing, crafting in specialist studios, constructing in purpose-built production facilities, always working with the latest technology. UniSA provides a platform for emerging and established creatives in its three major galleries the Samstag Museum, SASA Gallery or MOD.

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      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      Applicants should submit a full research proposal (approximately 2500 words) that has been developed in consultation with the proposed lead supervisor. A template to help guide this application is available here.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time or part-time and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 5 June 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Simon Biggs

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    Earth sciences

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    Geology

    • New approaches for rapid analysis and tracing of fluids and their ligands in regional mineral systems
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Justin Payne Closing 12 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this project

      Develop cutting edge tools to trace and analyse fluids in mineral systems

      If you are seeking to advance your career in geology and interested in analysing trace fluids in minerals, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique opportunity to apply for a hands-on, innovative project-based PhD, in partnership with the Department for Energy and Mining’s Geological Survey of South Australia and MinEx CRC.

      Tracing fluids in regional mineral systems in the ancient rock record can be done indirectly using the mineralogy, trace element or isotopic characteristics of rocks and minerals associated with the resultant mineral deposits, or directly by analysing micro-inclusions of fluids trapped within host minerals.

      The focus of this project-based research degree is to develop rapid and cutting-edge techniques to directly analyse the composition of fluids to enable regional-scale characterisation and understanding of fluid systems.

      You will have access to UniSA’s newly installed state-of-the-art fast-washout laser ablation and time-of-flight ICP-MS instrumentation. These instrument advances give us the ability to analyse most elements simultaneously to provide rapid fingerprinting of fluids. This enables us to map fluid systems at a much bigger scale than has been traditionally possible. We'll be applying the approach to copper and other critical mineral systems in Australia, in world-class systems such as the Curnamona Province.

      In this project you will collaborate with MinEx CRC and the University of Adelaide’s Australian Critical Minerals Research Centre, offering you an unparalleled opportunity to build your industry and professional network. Coupled with the Geological Survey of South Australia, this will provide you with an extensive and varied local geological research environment and access to world-class research infrastructure.

      Engagement with government geological survey organisations within Australia will also provide you with the opportunity to develop your research and career networks.

      What you’ll do

      In this project-based research degree, you will undertake both field- and lab-based research within Australia. You will develop expertise in assessing the generation and evolution of fluids related to regional metamorphism and magmatism, geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, analytical technique development and fast (ms) washout laser ablation ICP-MS-MS and ICP-TOF-MS analytical techniques.

      The project will include fieldwork in some great field locations in outback Australia. You will be encouraged and supported to attend international conferences and associated field excursions or workshops and Australian conferences.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA STEM. We link engineering, mathematics, science, defence, cybersecurity, construction management, environmental science, aviation, information management, information technology, and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition.

      Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts.

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      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
      • Undergraduate degree and Honours or Masters degree in geology/earth science

      Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Honours or Masters degree research project in igneous and/or metamorphic geology
      • Some experience with analytical instrumentation (e.g. SEM, ICPMS, electron microprobe)

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 12 June 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Justin Payne

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    Economics

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    Applied economics

    • Certification of used solar PV panels underlying their circular economy
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Sukhbir Sandhu Closing 05 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this project

      Define the circular economy for solar panels

      If you are looking to build your career in sustainability and are interested in improving the circular economy, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a PhD project aimed at increasing sustainability in partnership with Reclaim PV.

      It will soon be essential to re-use and recycle solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to cope with the expected significant waste volume. Certification of the quality and reliability of second-hand solar PV panels provided by certified operators is important to ensure that consumers can trust the product.

      In this research degree project, you will develop these certifications that guarantee quality, electrical compliance, electric power efficiency, related control mechanisms, and requirements for related certifiers to ensure the circularity of solar PV panels.
      The objective of this project is to enable businesses and entrepreneurs to build a circular economy for solar PV panels, which is compliant with Australian consumer law and the requirements of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

      Through this project-based research degree you will be able to determine policy and practice in this industry and be set up to be an expert in this field.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will undertake a literature review, as well as surveys and interviews conducted face-to-face or virtually.

      You will build an enviable knowledge bank on the renewable energy sector, and specifically in solar PVs. The experience of developing business and product certifications will give you a competitive edge in the industry.

      You will be a part of a vibrant research environment, with a strong industry orientation, and active international and national links, both academic and industry based.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA Business where students are the new breed of business professionals, committed to discovering fresh ways of thinking and making smart, sustainable decisions. Our researchers are thought leaders who engage in world-class research and share their insights with students, industry and government partners. Our findings translate directly into results that transform businesses and affect communities for the better.

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      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 5 June 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Sukhbir Sandhu

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    Curriculum and pedagogy

    • ePortfolios and self-regulated learning in higher education
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Chris Deneen Closing 04 June 2022 12:00 AM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Positively impact higher education policy and practice on an international scale.

      Are you seeking to advance your career in higher education through defining education policy and practice nationally and internationally? The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique opportunity to apply for an innovative, project-based PhD aimed at accomplishing this.

      In response to current and future priorities, higher education institutions are increasingly positioning ePortfolios to develop and evidence competencies and skills that are highly correspondent to self-regulated learning (SRL). Research into ePortfolios and their relationships to SRL, however demonstrate limitations in methodology and potential impact. Therefore, there is a timely need to advance research into relationships between ePortfolios and SRL.

      In this collaborative research project involving four universities – one American and three Australian – you will  be expected to use qualitative and quantitative approaches to investigate the relationship between ePortfolios and SRL in the higher education context. Our intention is to impact research, policy and practice within both Australia and the United States.

      You will join the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L), which provides a vibrant research culture and opportunities for skills and knowledge development. In addition to the skills gained through the larger research project, you will also have opportunities to develop an international network with key stakeholders involved in ePortfolios, SRL and, more broadly, learning engagement in higher education.

      Completion of this project will provide you with highly desirable skills in a growing area, advancing your employability within and beyond the higher education sector.

      What you’ll do

      In this project-based research degree, you will undertake activities standard to a large-scale project of this nature. These include reviews of research, development of methodology, data collection, data cleaning and data set development, analysis and write up of results.

      There may also be opportunities for travel and placement, such as travel to data collection sites (e.g. other universities) as well as travel to international conferences.

      Intended results will include a completed thesis by the successful candidate, publication opportunities, and development of an international collaboration network of both universities and strategic partners.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L). The Centre focuses on the complex relationship between human and artificial cognition, how it changes society, knowledge processes, and teaching and learning.

      C3L uses complexity science methodologies, promotes the uptake of applied research, and engages with the community, government agencies (healthcare, education, defence, cultural) and industry to research the lifespan of learning and the role of UniSA in serving all stages of knowledge and learning processes.

      Situated within UniSA Education Futures, who conducts powerful research in partnership with academia and industry. We contribute to a global knowledge base and find solutions to common challenges faced by rapidly evolving societies worldwide. We embed digital opportunities into the everyday. The Samsung SMARTSchool combines teaching and learning with the latest IT technology, facilitating innovation, problem-solving and team-based learning.

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      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City West campus  in the heart of Adelaide. 

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Friday, 3 June, 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Chris Deneen

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    Biomedical engineering

    • Towards Precision Cancer Radiotherapy through Patient-Derived Tumour on-Chips Reconstructing the Tumour Microenvironment
      Scholarship Available Dr Chih-Tsung Yang Closing 08 June 2022 12:30 PM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Develop a precision radiotherapy tool to assist with cancer treatment

      If you are seeking to advance your career in bioengineering and are interested in cancer treatment research, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a prestigious project-based PhD in the Future Industries Institute in partnership with the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

      There is a critical need for practice redefining radiotherapy advances that balance the efficacy of the treatment with survivors’ quality of life. Building on an existing collaboration between UniSA, the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Harvard University, this PhD project will create a precision radiotherapy tool designed to guide the selection of the optimal radiotherapy plan for a specific cancer patient.

      To realise this goal, the project will develop and utilise a bioengineered tumour model that reconstruct the main pathophysiological characteristics of tumour tissues, and therefore that shed new insight in the complex relationship between the phenotype of a patient tumour (including its tumour microenvironment) and its response to specific radiotherapy algorithms. This advanced patient-derived tumours on chip will be compatible with modern radiotherapy technology including highly hypofractionated approaches and proton beam therapy. The insight gained through these studies will guide the design of precision radiotherapy for cancer patients.

      This PhD project is highly inter-disciplinary, bringing together bioengineering, cancer biology and transcriptomics, and will provide you with exciting learning opportunities.

      You will be primarily based at the Future Industries Institute’s (FII) bioengineering lab, which is fully equipped with cell and organoid culture facilities. You will also work in the Australian National Fabrication Facilities to design and fabricate devices for patient-derived organoid culture. In addition, the FII is equipped with state-of-art analytical and imaging instruments for cellular and molecular biology.

      This project will also provide you with the opportunity to work in the state-of-art proton beam therapy facility at the Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research. This is your opportunity to undertake cutting edge, end-user driven research in collaboration with world-class research organisations.


      What you’ll do

      In this PhD project, you will conduct high quality research independently and in collaboration with the supervisory team, our industry partners and other stakeholders. You will apply bioengineering concepts to develop a patient-derived tumour organoid model and apply this model to gain insight into the links between tumour phenotypes and radioresponsivity. 

      This project will provide you with valuable opportunities to collaborate with radiation oncologists, pathologists and bioinformaticists. You will receive advanced training in organs-on-chip technology and single-cell transcriptomics and apply this training throughout the project.

      You will contribute to patent application(s) protecting the intellectual property of the project and help prepare human research ethics applications.

      Through this project you will present your research at international and national conferences and via publications via scientific journals, which will help you build an extensive professional network. A travel allowance from the Future Industries Institute is available to support these activities.

      Upon completion, you will possess valuable soft skills such as high-level thinking and problem-solving, managing cross-disciplinary research teams, including end-users, and communicating research outcomes and managing intellectual properties. You will also build practical skills and expertise in in vitro tumour models and precision radiotherapy and preclinical research.

      There may also be opportunities for you to benefit from placements with our project collaborators, such as the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and Harvard University’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute.


      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in the Future Industries Institute (FII) which was established with a new research culture in mind – one deeply engaged with industry, with the end goal of building economic growth through relevant innovation and industry partnership.

      The Institute reflects the University’s strategic ambition to be Australia’s University of Enterprise which engages fully with the professions and industry globally, whose research is informed, leading edge and relevant. The FII continues to forge national and international research partnerships in new industries and technologies that address real world issues. Our goal is to support a creative and engaged culture and to help develop a sustainable ecosytem in which innovation, complex, growth-focused industries thrive.

      The FII's research supports state and national research priorities and comprises of top research teams that collaborate across disciplines and to work with industry partners to deliver innovative solutions.

      With a vibrant research environment, a strong industry orientation, and active international and national links, both academic and industry based, the Institute is among the very best in Australia and attracts and retains leading researchers.


      Supervisory Team


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.


      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD degree. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide.  Additionally, applications from students studying externally will also be considered.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Wednesday, 8th June.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Chih-Tsung Yang

    Civil Engineering

    • Considering realistic shapes for granular materials in civil engineering
      Scholarship Available Dr Khoi Nguyen Closing 07 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Advance knowledge in granular materials

      If you are seeking to advance your career in civil engineering and interested in granular materials, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique project-based PhD in partnership with CMW Geosciences.

      Civil infrastructures are built on granular materials. The loss of granular materials’ shear strength can lead to catastrophic failures of civil infrastructures and result in significant casualties, so it is important to understanding how and why this occurs.

      The particle shape is said to play an important role in the shear strength of granular materials. Most studies have considered a very idealised particle shape. This research project will seek to understand the current challenges around digitising particle shape and propose a modified discrete element model which can handle complex particle shapes within a reasonable computational time.

      Through this research, you will provide insight into the interactions between discrete particles and develop a quantitative framework to assess granular material strength. The CT scan technique will be used to visualise the microstructure of granular material and this information will be transferred to the discrete element model for further analysis.

      Join a dynamic team within geotechnical research, comprised of world-class researchers and a strong cohort of PhD students. We are currently collaborating with more than 35 local, national and international organisations so you will have ample opportunity to grow your professional and industry network. 

      What you’ll do

      In this project-based research degree, you will be trained to use numerical programs for discrete element modelling and digital image processing. You will also perform triaxial and simple shear tests to validate the results from the numerical analyses.

      The expertise you gain in both numerical programming and laboratory experiment will give you a competitive edge as there is a deficit of researchers within this area.

      You will be encouraged and supported to attend a conference to present your research.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA STEM. We link engineering, mathematics, science, defence, cybersecurity, construction management, environmental science, aviation, information management, information technology, and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition.

      Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. The Future Industries Institute, Innovation and Collaboration Centre, and Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments all provide consultancy and access to advanced technology.

      In an information-rich world, our people think big, combatting problems, testing solutions and making data-driven decisions. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in.
       

      Supervisory Team
       
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.
       

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • a strong background in Civil and Geotechnical Engineering or related disciplines

      Applicant who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:

      • Good numerical and computational skills
      • Demonstrate good research capability

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide.  Additionally applications from students studying externally will also be considered.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Tuesday, 7th June.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Khoi Nguyen
    • Creating pH-sensitive self-healing concrete with alum sludge composite particles for next generation water pipes
      Scholarship Available Professor Yan Zhuge Closing 04 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Develop a novel self-healing concrete

      If you are seeking to advance your career in civil engineering and interested in studying infrastructure, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting, hands-on project-based PhD in partnership with Reinforced Concrete Pipes Australia and SA Water.

      Australia is experiencing an unprecedented amount of civil infrastructure deterioration. In Australia, the total value of wastewater assets is about $40 billion and estimated to cost hundreds of million dollars in maintenance and repairs annually.

      The recent development of concrete that is able to repair itself without human intervention could be an efficient solution to infrastructure deterioration.  However, most studies have focused on the mechanical force required to trigger the shell to release the healing agent and have not considered the implication that the microbially induced corrosion (MIC) is sensitive to pH change.

      In this project based-research degree you will investigate MIC in the role of concrete deterioration and the use alum sludge as the healing agent. Its quick pozzolanic reaction provides a significant Al element to mitigate ongoing MIC. By combining this with a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation, this project aims to develop a novel concrete that can repair itself without human intervention.

      Join UniSA’s civil engineering research group, comprised of expert researchers and a large PhD cohort. Where you will have access to world-class structural laboratory facilities, including access to the largest strong-floor in Australia.

      This is an exciting project, partnered with industry and government, that will prepare you for a career in civil engineering and infrastructure.

      What you’ll do

      In this project-based research degree, you will help design and test an extensive experiment which will include material fabrication, microstructural analysis, and concrete manufacturing. You will also be required to develop a numerical model using MD simulation.

      You will be encouraged to attend and present your work at conferences to build your professional network and connections.

      You will work closely with two industry partners so there will be significant opportunities for you to continue with the project upon completion of your studies.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA STEM. We link engineering, mathematics, science, defence, cybersecurity, construction management, environmental science, aviation, information management, information technology, and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition.

      Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. The Future Industries Institute, Innovation and Collaboration Centre, and Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments all provide consultancy and access to advanced technology.

      In an information-rich world, our people think big, combatting problems, testing solutions and making data-driven decisions. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in.


      Supervisory Team


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.


      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide.  Additionally applications from students studying externally will also be considered.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

       
      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Saturday, 4th June.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Yan Zhuge
    • Developing a constitutive model for transition granular materials
      Scholarship Available Professor Mizanur Rahman Closing 03 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this Project

      If you are seeking to advance your career in civil engineering and interested in granular materials, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a hands-on project-based PhD  in partnership with CMW Geosciences.
      Granular porous materials are collections of discrete particles, and their hydromechanical behaviour is affected by particle size. Currently, they are classified as either sand (>0.075mm) or silt/clay (<0.075mm), depending on whether their behaviour is dominated by gravity or electrostatic forces, respectively.

      While the mechanics of these two types of granular materials are well known, most natural soils, tailings and granular ores (iron ore, coal, bauxite, phosphate) are collections of both sand-silt/clay, i.e. transition granular materials. The mechanics of the latter are not so well understood, so the response of these materials is often analysed based on the dominant particles, which often causes optimistic design and results in catastrophic failures.

      This research project will track individual particles and their force skeleton structure that corresponds to the mechanical behaviour via the discrete element method (DEM). This will allow us to track the influence of sand and silt/clay size particles in the overall behaviour.

      For engineering practice, the force skeleton structure is quantified by the density of granular materials. For the transition granular materials, the force skeleton structure will be quantified by an equivalent density state (EDS). The EDS will be combined with evolution particle fabric to develop a constitutive model for hydromechanical behaviour.

      Join a dynamic team within geotechnical research comprised of world-class researchers and a strong cohort of PhD students. We are currently collaborating with more than 35 local, national and international organisations so you will have ample opportunity to grow your professional and industry network.

      What you’ll do

      In this project-based research degree, you will carry out both numerical and laboratory research. You will develop a diverse set of skills, conducting advanced triaxial testing, large-scale soil column testing with regular monitoring, and related numerical modelling.

      You will perform a series of triaxial and simple shear tests, and then calibrate the model parameters based on the experimental results. Based on the results, you will then propose a new constitutive model for a wide range of soils.

      The expertise you gain in both numerical programming and laboratory experiment will give you a competitive edge as there are few researchers strong in both fields.

      You will be encouraged and supported to travel to a conference to present your research. There may be funding available for other professional development activities.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA STEM. We link engineering, mathematics, science, defence, cybersecurity, construction management, environmental science, aviation, information management, information technology, and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition.

      Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. The Future Industries Institute, Innovation and Collaboration Centre, and Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments all provide consultancy and access to advanced technology.

      In an information-rich world, our people think big, combatting problems, testing solutions and making data-driven decisions. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in.

       
      Supervisory Team   
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.


      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Graduate in Civil Engineering

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide.  Additionally applications from students studying externally will also be considered.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Friday, 3rd June.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Mizanur Rahman

    Materials engineering

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    Manufacturing engineering

    There are currently no projects available in this topic of research.

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    Environmental Management

    • Developing a DGT methodology to assess bioavailability of herbicide residues
      Scholarship Available Professor Enzo Lombi Closing 15 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this Project

      The use of herbicides is essential to the productivity of grain crops. However, concern is mounting in relation to the potential accumulation of herbicide residues and their negative effect of successive crops. At present it is not easy nor economical to assess whether levels of residual herbicides are present in soil, therefore soil testing for herbicides is usually reactionary (e.g. following identification of contamination in the harvested crop or crop failure). This knowledge is essential in order to optimize crop productivity and also to minimize the potential environmental consequences of herbicide over-use. The aim of this project is to develop and optimize a diffusive-based sampling device, known as Diffusive Gradient in Thin films (DGT), to assess the availability of commonly used imidazolinone herbicides and demonstrate that this approach could provide a solution for the assessment of pesticide residuals in soil by grain growers.


      What you’ll do

      You will develop the DGT technique using a combination of analytical chemistry and soil/plant experiments. The project can potentially generate a patent by developing a new device and methodology for assessing the bioavailability of soil herbicides and at least 2-3 publications in Q1 journals. In addition to scientific publications, the findings of the project will also be passed on to grain growers through the South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) and the Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC), which fund the project. Research partner, Agronomy Solutions, is active in the extension and communication sector of broad acre agriculture through AgCommunicators which will also be utilised for the dissemination of information.


      Where you’ll be based

      The project is based at UniSAs Future Industries Institute (FII) which is recognised for its strengths and world-class reputation in environmental contaminants research, specially focussing on the source, fate, transport and mitigation of agrochemicals in the soil-plant system. The project is supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure and modern research facilities, such as:

      • Laboratory and greenhouse experimental facilities
      • Access to field samples
      • Extraction and analysis of herbicide residues (e.g., accelerated solvent extraction, HPLC-MS, LC-QqQ MS)

      This project complements existing agrochemicals phyto-availability assessment research I, specifically the project Developing a DGT methodology to assess bioavailability of herbicide residues' funded by SAGIT and the Soil CRC. The successful candidate will undertake laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments to develop a DGT device for imidazolinone herbicides and optimise and test the device in soils with heterogeneous physico-chemical characteristics and water regimes. The candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with an industry partner (Agronomy Solutions).

      The successful candidate will develop skills in passive environmental sampling technique, analytical chemistry, soil science and contaminant bioavailability and ecotoxicity assessment. The candidate will have the opportunity to directly engage with an industry partner to solve a real world environmental issue.


      Supervisory Team
      • Professor Enzo Lombi – Principal Supervisor
      • Dr Casey Doolette – Co-Supervisor
      • Dr Binoy Sarkar- Co-Supervisor – not eligible in Medici
      • Dr Sean Mason (Agronomy Solution)
      • Dr Mick Rose (NSW Department of Primary Industries)
       
      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.
       

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential

      • prior knowledge and experience in analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry or related disciplines.
      Applicant who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:

      • Knowledge in Soil Science, Environmental Soil Chemistry, Pesticide Chemistry and prior experience of scientific writing will be beneficial

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide.  Additionally applications from students studying externally will also be considered.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Wednesday, 15th June.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Enzo Lombi

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    Health services and systems

    • An Exploration of aged care in Australia for LGBTIQA+ identifying older adults
      Scholarship Available Professor Saravana Kumar Closing 22 May 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project: An Exploration of aged care in Australia for LGBTIQA+ identifying older adults

      The unprecedented growth in the aging population in Australia and the Western world presents unique challenges to the healthcare system and those who work within it. These challenges are further compounded by the increasing diversity and complexity of the aging population. Despite a recent increase in research into active and positive aging – there continues to remain an absence of research focusing on the ageing experience of individuals who identify as members of the LGBTIQA+ community. Despite the availability of training and the growing research into the experience of LGBTIQA+ older adults there continues to be health disparities between LGBTIQA+ older adults and their non-LGBTIQA+ counterparts. Growing research into LGBTIQ+ aging populations has indicated the need for training and models of care that support LGBTIQA+ older adults as they become consumers of aged care services. As an emerging area of research there has been limited critique into the models of care that best support LGBTIQA+ older adults as they age.

      This project therefore aims to explore the current evidence and outcomes of models of care used in aged care and how these may impact on accessibility and suitability of services for older LGBTIQA+ adults. This will involve exploration of the literature as well as perceptions from end users and service providers. This project will inform aged care providers around potential best practice for enhancing access to and provision of care and support for Older Adults who identify as LGBTIQA+.

      The candidate will be based at the Allied Health and Human Performance Unit at UniSA and will work in collaboration with staff from the Registry of Senior Australians at SAHMRI. Both UniSA and SAHMRI have established track record in supporting and growing research students through structured educational and mentoring programs as well as peer support. The candidate will be part of a diverse, vibrant and productive research teams and will directly contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of South Australians.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project selection criteria:
      • Must be an allied health professional with Australian (or equivalent) tertiary qualifications in their chosen discipline
      • Must have considerable (more than 5 years) clinical experience
      • Must have existing links and experience with the aged care sector which can be further built upon during the candidature with a particular preference for experience in LGBTIQA+ related health issues
      • Must have research training and outputs in their chosen allied health field

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 22 May 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Saravana Kumar
    • Closing an evidence-practice gap in Parkinson’s disease: Improving the quality of life of people living with Parkinson’s disease by advancing pain care provision
      Scholarship Available Professor Marion Eckert Closing 11 June 2022 12:00 AM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Improve the lives of those with Parkinson’s disease

      If you are seeking to advance your career in clinical practice and interested in improving the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a project-based research degree in partnership with The Hospital Research Foundation – Fight Parkinson’s Group.

      This research project will investigate the issues around and perceptions of pain in people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Amongst this group, pain is poorly understood and managed within healthcare settings, reducing quality of life for sufferers and their carers.

      The project will investigate the barriers associated with the use of evidence-based pain assessment tools.  Once these are established, our research will aim to ensure that the findings are translated into clinical practice, ultimately improving outcomes and quality of life in people living with PD and their carers.

      You will be immersed in a research-rich environment with regular training, supervision, support and feedback. You will be able to interact with other interdisciplinary health professionals, as well as industry via The Hospital Research Foundation – Fight Parkinson’s. The opportunity to undertake an industry placement with this Foundation will provide you with a valuable career launchpad. 

      What you’ll do

      In this project-based research degree, you will develop skills in qualitative and quantitative research through undertaking a literature review, extracting data from included studies, evaluating risk of bias of included studies, assessing the quality of evidence, reporting results and developing manuscripts for publication. You will also conduct focus group studies and individual interviews, and distribute and manage a survey.

      Opportunities may also arise for conference travel and presentations, and you will also be trained in writing grant applications.

      The enhanced clinical expertise related to the management of Parkinson’s disease and interdisciplinary care, and the enhanced ability to translate research into clinical practice will give you a competitive edge in the health and care industry.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based at UniSA’s Clinical and Health Sciences. We address critical and emerging health needs while improving the quality of patient care.  We are at the forefront of clinical discovery through our research into causes and cures of disease. Every day, our researchers investigate the best ways to help improve patient outcomes and create positive change in the health industry. 

      We present our insights to the people who need it most, through our collaborations and partnerships with local industry and community, government and research institutions worldwide.  Our clinical and health science programs encompass pharmacy, nursing and midwifery, laboratory medicine, biomedical sciences, and nutrition and food sciences. 

      UniSA’s world-class facilities provide a seamless transition from study to career, with our specialist clinics providing hands-on experience to students while serving the local community. UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences is a community of ideas and innovation. We produce versatile graduates, generate new knowledge that contributes to a healthier society, and translate our research into successful healthcare strategies.

      Supervisory Team



      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Applicants must have completed an entry level healthcare degree
      • Reside in Australia
      • Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking in English
      • Evidence of prior research training

      Applicant who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • A keen desire to work with people living with a chronic condition
      • Excellent communication skills
      • Preparedness to work in a team

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.  Additionally applications from students studying externally will also be considered.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Friday, 10 June, 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Marion Eckert

    Other health sciences

    • Reminiscence Therapy & Script Training: Developing an Evidence-Based Program for people with a dual diagnosis of Dementia and Aphasia
      Professor Maria Kambanaros Closing 01 July 2022 12:00 AM (ACST)
      About this Project

      The long-term goal of the research is to develop a theoretical evidence-based program for the implementation of Reminiscence Therapy and Script Training for Clients with a dual diagnosis of Dementia and Aphasia, and their caregivers.

      The objective of the study is to provide a comprehensive program for use by clinical Speech Pathologists encompassing the theoretical bases of both Reminiscence Therapy and Aphasia Script Training as a basis for:

      • The maintenance of the neural pathways for the person with Dementia
      • Increasing opportunities for shared socialization.
      •  To enhance quality of life outcomes for the client and caregiver
      • To assist with relationship building/maintenance of relationship with caregivers.
      • To assist with the acceptance process for both client and caregiver.

      The result of this study will be valuable to Speech Pathologists as there are currently no programs available to assist both a client and their caregivers with often co-occurring diagnoses of Dementia & Aphasia.

      Clients with Early onset Dementia can be under 60 years of age, with potentially another 20 - 30 years of cognitive decline ahead of them (Mendez, 2019). Many clients will be discharged from Speech Pathology services as they cannot be truly ‘rehabilitated’ to their pre-morbid state in traditional communication therapy (Le & Lui, 2021). Adult clients with Aphasia typically continue attending therapy, only to complete the same therapies over and over in the hope that they will recover what has been lost. Outside of the ‘golden window’ rehabilitative gains are few (Bakheit, 2007, pp. 942). The ‘Golden Window’ pertains to Aphasia recovery after the initial onset or incident. Aphasia recovery depends on the severity, cause, type, patient motivation, caregiver support etc. Generally, most improvement occurs within the first two to three months post onset. This improvement often peaks at six months. Recovery gains decrease exponentially thereafter (Berthier et. al. 2011, pp. 275; Le & Lui, 2021).

      There is no clear program outline for the rigorous implementation of Reminiscence Therapy and Script Training combined (Macleod et al. 2021, pp. 1401). Additionally, it is unclear who should implement Reminiscence Therapy - Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, volunteers or caregivers (Woods et al., 2018; Van Bogaert et al. 2016, pp.568).

      Supervisory Team

      Professor Maria Kambanaros – Principal Supervisor
      Dr Angela Berndt – Co Supervisor

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria? for entrance into a Masters by Research.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City East Campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Thursday, 30 June 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Professor Maria Kambanaros

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    • Interactive machine learning towards human-trustworthy AI
      Scholarship Available Dr Zehong (Jimmy) Cao Closing 05 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this project

      Make your mark in the exciting AI field of deep reinforcement learning

      If you are seeking to advance your career in artificial intelligence (AI) and interested in the emerging field of deep reinforcement learning (DRL), the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exceptional opportunity to apply for an innovative project-based PhD at UniSA in partnership with the Motion Platform and Mixed Reality (MPMR) Lab.

      This project aims to explore DRL as a key area of AI research to address cutting-edge problems in human-trustworthy decision intelligence. As part of an emerging topic in explainable artificial intelligence (XAI), the challenge of the DRL training process is that humans struggle to quickly understand the complex environments that DRL machines interact with and to interpret relevant actions to achieve goals.

      What you’ll do

      In this research project, you will develop interpretable systems with human-like reasoning capabilities through interactive machine learning prototypes that enhance human-machine collaboration. Additionally, the project involves researching representation algorithms to extract key properties in DRL machines and exploring human trust in machine interpretations, which are critical to the success of human-trusted DRL in AI.

      This PhD is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a growing field at the very edge of development and prepares you for a career in an expert field of high demand.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in the UniSA STEM. We link engineering, mathematics, science, defence, cybersecurity, construction management, environmental science, aviation, information management, information technology, and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition.

      Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. The Future Industries Institute, Innovation and Collaboration Centre, and Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments all provide consultancy and access to advanced technology.

      In an information-rich world, our people think big, combatting problems, testing solutions and making data-driven decisions. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in.

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      Financial Support

      The project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 5 June 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Zehong (Jimmy) Cao

    Data management and Data science

    • Developing a data governance framework for critical infrastructure resilience
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Larissa Statsenko Closing 04 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Develop innovative frameworks to build resilience in infrastructure assets

      If you are seeking to advance your career in systems management and interested in data governance, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering an exciting opportunity to work on an innovative project-based research degree in partnership with Visione Group Pty Ltd.

      The recent increase of global infrastructure investments, digitalisation and a changing risk landscape provide opportunities to rethink critical infrastructure policies. Security of data storage and sharing is critical to ensure that information on vulnerability as well as on resilience investments by infrastructure operators remains confidential.

      This research seeks to:
      • determine the most appropriate mechanisms to share sensitive information about risks, vulnerabilities, and resilience measures between government and operators
      • identify the challenges that critical infrastructure operators experience when sharing sensitive information about risks and vulnerabilities.

      The novelty of this approach lies in adopting a systemic perspective of managing critical infrastructure resilience through developing a data governance framework. This is a shift away from protection of individual assets to a systems approach to resilience.

      This is an opportunity for you to gain experience within several multidisciplinary research groups at UniSA, including the Sustainable Infrastructure and Resource Management group, the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments, and Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies.

      You will also have the potential to work closely with our industry partner Visione Group through an industry placement and gain access to real-world challenges and solutions in the enterprise architecture and data governance problem space.

      What you’ll do

      In this research degree project, you will be involved in defining the research questions; conducting a literature review; using mixed methods research methodology, and collecting, analysing and interpreting data; and working as a part of the research team.

      You will work with enterprise architecture and data governance frameworks, policies and processes, conduct quantitative and qualitative research, and work collaboratively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team environment.

      Through this project, you will develop the skills to effectively design and execute a research project and translate research outputs into high-quality industry relevant outcomes.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in the UniSA STEM Unit. We link engineering, mathematics, science, defence, cybersecurity, construction management, environmental science, aviation, information management, information technology, and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition.

      Our researchers deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. The Future Industries Institute, Innovation and Collaboration Centre and Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments all provide consultancy and access to advanced technology.

      We integrate research into our teaching, with students working alongside researchers in first-class facilities. What’s discovered one day is taught the next. 

      In an information-rich world, our people think big, combatting problems, testing solutions and making data-driven decisions. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in. 

      Supervisory Team


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $ per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included for this group.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.  International applicants will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

       
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      ·         background in IT, software systems engineering or other relevant discipline

      Applicant who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:

      ·         experience in working on projects where data governance and enterprise architecture knowledge and skills were required

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide.  Additionally applications from students studying externally will also be considered.  Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.
       

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Saturday, 4th June.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Larissa Statsenko

    Graphics, augmented reality and games

    • A Framework for Developing Educational Games in and with Australian Museums
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Erik Champion Closing 25 May 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this project

      This PhD project focuses on reviewing challenges and successes in Australian museums (MOD, National Maritime Museum and the South Australian Museum) with the aim to develop a participatory open-ended game framework to encourage greater engagement, wider audiences, and increased visitation, as well as reuse of content, data, and related media.

      The successful candidate will focus on either the evaluation and framework based on interviews, surveys and workshops with museum experts, or on developing overall game mechanics examples (game prototypes) showcasing best practice game techniques for showcasing Australian museum content, promoting reuse.

      Supervisory Team

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information .

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. 

      Applicants should also submit a full research proposal (approximately 2500 words) that has been developed in consultation with the proposed lead supervisor. A template to help guide this application is available here.

      Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
      • Experience with serious game and interactive media design, and/or evaluation/user experience design
      • Interest and/or experience in content and exhibitions related to Australian museums

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Wednesday 25 May 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Erik Champion

    Machine learning

    • Handling Dynamic Environments with Extremely Few Examples
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Dhika Pratama Closing 04 June 2022 12:00 AM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Do you have what it takes to be the next research leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)?

      If you are seeking to advance your career in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique opportunity to apply for an innovative project-based PhD in partnership with Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

      Deep learning algorithms are data-hungry and call for a lot of examples to generalise properly. Because of their complex network structure, deep learning approaches quickly suffer from the issue of overfitting in the case of data scarcity, thereby hindering their deployment in many applications. This problem becomes even more extreme in dynamic environments because deep learning approaches call for a lot of samples to adapt to new environments, i.e. the transition performance is poor or even unusable.

      Our project aims to develop resource-efficient deep learning technologies, trainable with extremely few samples. This project involves real-world industry applications of the proposed deep learning technologies, with access to real-world company datasets, recording their daily operations where an industry-ready software solution will be developed. Specifically, the proposed deep learning technologies will be applied in the dynamic conditioning and quality monitoring of complex manufacturing processes suffering from extremely few samples.

      This project is keen for technology commercialisation where the industry-ready software will be promoted to potential company clients for possible software licensing. We will lodge a US patent application for one of the three algorithms.

      As part of this project, you will receive intensive research training in AI/ML from experts in the field as well as hands-on experiences in handling real-world datasets from industry clients.

      One of the objectives in this project is to produce a next research leader in AI/ML. As such, upon completion, you will be an expert in AI/ML as well as proficient in its programming tools, i.e., Pytorch, Tensorflow, Keras, including their relevant libraries. You will have gained solid experiences in industry-ready software development as well as end-user engagements.

      What you’ll do

      In this project-based research degree, you will conduct both fundamental and applied research. You will develop novel deep learning algorithms to solve different variants of few-shot learning problems. The proposed deep learning technologies will be applied in the few-shot condition and quality monitoring problems will be validated with real-world industry datasets.

      You will be encouraged to publish the outputs of this project in top-tier journals and deliver presentations to industry partners and at conferences. Additionally, you will be provided with an internship opportunity at SIMTech, A*Star, Singapore, solving real-world manufacturing problems and interacting with the company's clients.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA’s Industrial AI Research Centre. The centre brings together experts from across computer sciences to develop solutions for autonomous and augmented intelligence systems. We are a part of the global revolution in artificial intelligence, machine learning, Industry 4.0 and Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies.

      Our researchers collaborate with organisations around the world to develop solutions that cater to their specific needs. We have liaised with Siemens, BP Australia, Yokogawa Electric and more, growing these partnerships over time to continually design sophisticated AI-driven solutions.

      The Industrial AI Research Centre has the skills and knowledge to meet demand and lead the next technological revolution.

      Supervisory Team


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus? n the north of Adelaide.  

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Friday, 3 June, 2022
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Dhika Pratama
    • Multi-Modal Information Fusion
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Wolfgang Mayer Closing 15 June 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this Project

      Advance practices in multi-modal information fusion

      If you are seeking to develop your career in Artificial Intelligence and interested in driving advances in machine learning, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a hands-on project-based PhD in our Industrial AI Research Centre, in partnership with the Defence and Science Technology Group (DSTG).

      Extracting information from unstructured data obtained from multiple sources, remains a difficult problem. Current machine learning methods of data fusion that analyse data, images, videos, and natural language text do exist, for example to identify and track objects of interest in a video feed or identify events of interest in unstructured text, however they cannot use unstructured data spanning multiple modalities to improve completeness and reliability of the fused information. Subsequently, there is an opportunity to use information from one source to improve the analysis of other sources, such as using the contents of a speech radio transmission to improve object identification in an image.

      In this research project, you will develop AI data fusion algorithms capable of extracting features from multiple sources jointly, as well as creating a comprehensive representation of the information spanning multiple modalities.

      Join a dynamic research environment of world-class researchers and a strong PhD cohort in UniSA’s Industrial Research Centre (IAI). Liaising collaboratively with our industry partners, we offer end-to-end holistic solutions that include artificial intelligence, mathematics, domain expert knowledge, and supporting software systems as integral components.

      Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are highly sought skills and on completion of your studies, you will be prepared to advance your career in many industry sectors. This project is an ideal vehicle to develop your AI skills and achieve demonstrable outcomes and experience in machine learning technologies.

      What you’ll do

      In this project-based research degree, you will develop cutting-edge machine learning technology for information fusion of unstructured data, test the algorithms on case studies, and publish papers in premier research outlets. You will design machine learning and knowledge representation methods for multi-modal information fusion, build data pipelines for training the models, and compare them with other state of the art approaches.

      There may be opportunities to travel to conferences and grow your professional network.

      On project completion, you will have acquired experience in developing, training, and testing machine learning systems. You will also have skills in extracting and processing key information from unstructured data, such as text and images.

      Where you’ll be based

      You will be based in UniSA’s Industrial AI Research Centre. The Centre brings together experts from across computer sciences to develop solutions for autonomous and augmented intelligence systems. We are a part of the global revolution in artificial intelligence, machine learning, Industry 4.0 and Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies.

      Our researchers work with organisations around the world to develop solutions that cater to their specific needs. We have worked with Siemens, BP Australia, Yokogawa Electric and more, growing these partnerships over time to continually design sophisticated AI-driven solutions.


      Supervisory Team


      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to eligible applicants. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information for domestic students or international students.


      Eligibility and Selection


      This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      • Experience with developing machine learning systems

      Applicant who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:

      • Experience with the processing of unstructured data (text, images)

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.


      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Wednesday, 15th June.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Wolfgang Mayer

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    • Pattern formation of precursor films: a new mathematical model
      Scholarship Available Associate Professor Bronwyn Hajek Closing 08 July 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      About this Project

      This project aims to develop a new mathematical model to predict the pattern formation of a new class of permanent lubricants. Ionic liquids are conductive and do not evaporate, creating a unique opportunity to develop such coatings. These thin films form patterns where the pattern type (patches, stripes or holes) depends on the liquid/surface interaction. Only some patterns result in good lubrication; limited understanding of the pattern formation process hampers selection of a good lubricant for a chosen material. Current mathematical approaches are computationally expensive and time consuming. The new model expected from this project would provide a cheap, fast and reliable alternative for screening suitable liquid/surface pairs.

      The new mathematical model expected from this project will aid our understanding and prediction of the behaviour of novel smart lubricants, composed of permanent ultrathin films. The outcome will be a simple, cost-effective, fast and reliable mathematical tool to identify new candidates for lubrication of challenging mechanical contacts. This will reduce the need for expensive and time-consuming experiments. These application specific lubricating layers will have particular impact in the fields of advanced manufacturing, smart coatings and aerospace applications, by increasing energy recovery from renewable resources, preventing mechanical failures, reducing maintenance costs and decreasing energy consumption. This represents real economic benefits to Australia, with potential cost savings due to proper lubrication estimated at 1% of Gross National Product, as well as environmental benefits due to increased energy efficiency and decreased material wastage.

      What you’ll do

      The successful applicant will work closely with experimental colleagues on the same project. They will be part of the Surface Interactions and Soft Matter group at the UniSA Future Industries Institute (FII), and will also interact with the modelling group in mathematics. They will interact with the supervisors wider group of collaborators outside UniSA, in Australia and internationally.

      Upon completion of the project, the student will have a valuable interdisciplinary skill set of relevance in advanced manufacturing, lubrication formulation and coatings engineering. The student will have also gained skills in developing and solving mathematical models, and in working with nonlinear partial differential equations.

      Travel to and presentation at conferences will be encouraged (subject to travel bans).


      Supervisory Team



      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information.

       
      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

      Essential

      • have a degree in Mathematics or another related discipline
      • have the equivalent of an Australian honours in Mathematics or another related discipline

      Desirable

      • experience in modelling with and solving partial differential equations is highly regarded but not essential
      • knowledge in the chemical or physical sciences is highly regarded but not essential

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide.  
       
      Essential Dates

      For all projects: Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Friday, 8th July.
      Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Bronwyn Hajek

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    • Teachers intervention in the bullying of sexual and gender minority children; Structural Barriers in the School System
      Scholarship Available Dr Stephanie Webb Closing 22 May 2022 11:30 PM (ACST)
      PhD Project - Teachers intervention in the bullying of sexual and gender minority children; Structural Barriers in the School System

      Develop strategies for teachers to address bullying

      If you’re looking to advance your career in psychology and interested in developing strategies to help prevent bullying in schools, the University of South Australia—Australia’s University of Enterprise—is offering the opportunity to apply for a PhD project, based in the Safe Relationships and Communities research group.

      The aim of the project is to better understand the factors that predict teachers’ intentions to intervene in bullying motivated by sexual and gender minority prejudice. Using an experimental research design, we also seek to determine whether altered attitudes toward sexual and gender minorities impact teachers’ intentions to intervene in bullying motivated by sexual and/or gender prejudice.

      If empathy-based educational intervention strategies can impact teachers’ attitudes and their intentions to intervene in prejudicially motivated bullying, then this style of intervention may be used to influence training within the education department (e.g., pre-service training and ongoing professional development).

      This research may help reduce the incidence of social violence in Australian schools toward sexual and/or gender minority young people.

      What you’ll do

      The successful candidate will conduct empirical research within a mixed-methods platform, becoming proficient in both quantitative and qualitative research designs. With support, you’ll develop the skills needed to set up and conduct an intervention effort and engage meaningfully in qualitative research (e.g., interview skills, proficiency in developing themes within the data).

      You will be given valuable opportunities to liaise with key stakeholders in the Department of Education and develop industry partner relationships (e.g., with schools and the broader education community) which may develop into further opportunities to disseminate the research and elements of the project (e.g., intervention) to a national audience. This would mean an opportunity to travel nationally (if permitted). With one of your supervisors based overseas, there is also the potential for international travel (if permitted).

      This project will give you the in-demand skills, knowledge and experience required to combat a growing problem using a nuanced and targeted approach.

      Where you’ll be based

      You’ll be based within UniSA’s Safe Relationships and Communities research group (SRC). SRC promotes the development of safe and healthy interpersonal relationships and strong socially-inclusive communities based on social justice, equity and equality. Our research advances innovative ways to tackle social marginalisation and enhance citizenship by generating new knowledge about how intersecting social inequalities related to gender, race, class, disability and sexuality shape many of the common social problems confronting Australia and other countries.

      SRC brings together research and industry partners to create a dynamic interdisciplinary research program through creative new collaborations across the social sciences, humanities, law, education and health. Our research has generated new understandings and approaches to domestic, family and sexual violence, trauma, race-based discrimination and abuse, child abuse and children’s rights, parenting, stigma and social marginalisation experienced by people with mental health problems, discrimination and abuse experienced by people with disability, elder abuse and institutional abuse.

      We are the only dedicated research unit in in South Australia focused on the promotion of safe relationships and communities, and the prevention of violence and abuse. As a community-engaged, industry-oriented research group, we provide high level expertise and resources in this area that offer new insights and real-world solutions for prevention, the provision of support and education.

      Supervisory Team

      • Dr Stephanie Webb - Principal Supervisor
      • Dr Phillip Kavanagh - Co Supervisor
      • Dr Deborah Price - Co Supervisor
      • Associate Professor Jill Chonody (Boise State University)
      • Tina Treffers (Brompton Primary School)
      • Leanne Trewartha (Settler Farm Campus Primary School)

      Financial Support

      This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Eligibility and Selection

      This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

      Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must provide the project specific essential selection criteria:
      • Experience - a summary outlining your experience relative to the project topic

      All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

      The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our Magill campus in the east of Adelaide.

      Essential Dates

      Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday 22 May 2022.
      Principal Supervisor: Dr Stephanie Webb

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Hear from our researchers

Some of our unstoppable researchers and PhD candidates talk about undertaking a research degree at UniSA.

Social science research degrees

Professor Siobhan Banks from the Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre shares why UniSA is the perfect place to study a research degree in social sciences.

Arts research degrees

Professor Simon Biggs from the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments – IVE – shares why you should study a research degree in arts, architecture or design at UniSA.

Health research degrees

Associate Professor Michael Samuel from the Centre for Cancer Biology talks about where a research degree in health at UniSA can take you.

Business research degrees

Professor Rachel Kennedy from the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, talks about the benefits of studying a business or marketing research degree at UniSA.

What our PhD candidates and graduates are saying

"Probably my favourite experience during my PhD program, was travelling to London and doing a six month internship with business and news broadcaster, CNBC. I was also given other opportunities to travel, to present at conferences and deliver seminars to the Institute's corporate sponsors. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have grown and expanded my professional skill set whilst undertaking a research degree. I believe this has made me a well-rounded researcher and also a competitive candidate for marketing research positions in industry."

Dr Cathy Nguyen

PhD graduate  |  Senior Marketing Scientist, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science

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Dr Cathy Nguyen

PhD graduate  |  Senior Marketing Scientist, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science

"My PhD with the Australian Track Cycling Team is focused on using the Critical Power model. This model decribes the maximal work capacity of elite athletes through aerobic and anearobic contributions to exercise. As part of my research I worked directly alongside the head coach of the Australian team, providing sport science support in areas of physiology, biomechancis and performance analysis."

Jason Bartram

PhD candidate  |  Head Coach of the Autralian Women's Track Cycling Endurance Team

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Jason Bartram

PhD candidate  |  Head Coach of the Autralian Women's Track Cycling Endurance Team

Megan investigated the ways in which culture and practices in a secondary school can foster a students' sense of belonging as a foundation for their learning. "I really enjoyed working with my research participants and being able to tell their story to some degree. Plus, my PhD also helped me gain confidence in myself and my abilities – it's been amazing to see how much I've grown during my studies."

Dr Megan Curry

PhD graduate  |  Academic at UniSA

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Dr Megan Curry

PhD graduate  |  Academic at UniSA

Hear from some of our PhD graduates

Health research degrees

Former health PhD students share why you should study a research degree at UniSA.

STEM research degrees

Dr Joe O'Leary discusses his PhD experience at UniSA.

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Contact us

For any queries about undertaking a research degree at the University of South Australia please contact the Research Degree Admissions team. We can provide you with further information about your area of research interest.

Research Degree Admissions
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e: research.degrees@unisa.edu.au

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